To no one’s surprise, Carey Price will get the start in goal Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs in both teams’ 82nd and final game of the regular season.
All other lineup decisions will be made tomorrow by head coach Jacques Martin, but speculation is that defenceman Hal Gill, who had a therapy day today, will get the night off. Forward Travis Moen, who sat out Thursday in Ottawa, also had a therapy day today.
The Canadiens will move up to sixth place to draw the No. 3-seeded Eastern team if the Buffalo Sabres lose in regulation tonight, or if the Habs win in Toronto.
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The Canadiens have signed free-agent forwrd Alain Berger, a native of Switzerland who plays junior hockey in the OHL.
The team announcement:
Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of free agent left winger Alain Berger to a three-year contract (2011-12 to 2013-14). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Berger registered 52 points (29 goals and 23 assists) in 65 games this season with the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Oshawa Generals. Fourteen of his goals were scored on the power play and one while shorthanded. He added 86 penalty minutes and displayed a +19 plus/minus differential. The 20-year old forward has registered five points (4 goals, 1 assist) thus far in six playoff contests.
In two complete seasons with the Generals, the 6’4″, 209 lbs forward, hailing from Burgdorf in Switzerland, totaled 85 points (48 goals, 37 assists) with 142 penalty minutes in 109 games.
Berger also played with Bern of the Swiss National League A and with the Neuchatel Young-Sprinters of the Swiss National League B, in 2007-08 and 2008-09.